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Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNews media's sausage-making obsession helps no one Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-Calif.) just said she will bring the bipartisan Senate-passed infrastructure bill to the House floor for a vote today (!) 

How’s this going to work: “Pelosi ‘said she’s going to hold the vote open until we get a majority,’ House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term Dems brace for score on massive Biden bill Midterm gloom grows for Democrats MORE (D-Ky.), a member of Pelosi’s leadership team, told The Hill after Democrats’ meeting with President Biden in the Capitol.” 

This could be an interesting day to watch the House session: Here’s the C-SPAN livestream:

Cue the most dramatic theatre rendition: ‘Hold my Aperol Spritz! Italy can wait!!’:

President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE had been scheduled to leave for Rome, Italy, this morning, but delayed his trip for a final push for his domestic agenda. 

Instead: Biden visited Capitol Hill this morning to meet with House Democrats. He then delivered remarks on the framework of his social spending proposal. 

When Biden is now leaving for Italy: He is scheduled to leave around 12:15 p.m. EDT.


It seems pretty tense: Biden told Democrats this morning, "I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week." (From HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery) 

To put it bluntly: “Rep. Connolly [D-Va.] recapping Biden remarks today: ‘Translation: I'm going to Rome. I want to get off that plane, and disprove Putin and Xi, who say democracies can't get anything done. I'd like to have something at hand to disprove that. Translation, pass the infrastructure bill.’ “ (Via Politico’s Sarah Ferris) 

Love a good chant: “Per source familiar, Pelosi said: ‘The President has asked for our vote today.’ The remark received cheers of VOTE VOTE VOTE” (Via Politico’s Olivia Beavers) 

Did Biden call for a vote today?: No, according to Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Democrats plow ahead as Manchin yo-yos MORE (D-Wash.). Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did. (Via The New York Daily News’s Michael McAuliff)   

Here’s a photo of Biden and Pelosi walking out of the meeting together: Via Politico’s Nicholas Wu:


Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Pragmatic bipartisanship – not hard left intolerance – is Democrats' surest path back to power MORE (D-Ariz.) seems hopeful: Sinema called the negotiations “good-faith.” “We have made significant progress on the proposed budget reconciliation package. I look forward to getting this done…” Sinema’s full statement: 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) wants improvements: “I want to see it improved,” Sanders said. From Politico’s Burgess Everett: “[Sanders] wants to add more Medicare expansion and Rx reform and legislative language before House vote on [infrastructure.]” 

Will Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill MORE (D-W.Va.) support the framework?: He wouldn’t say. “Says ‘good-faith’ negotiations and things are in House’s hands,” according to CNN’s Manu Raju


The key word here is ‘framework.’ Not a ‘deal’ — but ‘framework’: "After months of tough and thoughtful negotiations I  think – I know we have a historic economic framework.” 

On the compromise: "No one got everything they wanted, including me. But that’s what compromise is."

Vice President Harris and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden to reveal theme for White House's annual holiday decor Monday Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving MORE attended: Photo from the room: 

Livestream of Biden’s full remarks

Happy Thursday! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Say it all together now: ‘What’s! In! The! Framework?!’:

The framework for President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda includes $1.75 trillion in spending, down from the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that had been approved — and the $6 trillion where the proposal initially began.

What’s in the bill

  • Extends the Earned Income Tax Credit for one year
  • Extends the Child Tax Credit for one year
  • $150 billion in affordable housing
  • Raises the maximum Pell Grant
  • $100 billion to reduce immigration backlogs, but does not overhaul the immigration system

What’s out of the bill

  • It does not include paid family leave.
  • It does not include allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices. More on this nixed proposal:
  • It does not include a Clean Electricity Performance Program.



Sens. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE (D-Wash.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (D-N.Y.) approached Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on the Senate floor last night, asking him to change his mind and include the paid family leave proposal.

My favorite update from earlier this morning:


Just vibes



Joe’s European adventure:

President Biden is on his way to Rome followed by a stop in Glasgow, U.K. 

Friday in Vatican City: Biden will meet with Pope Francis amid the increased focus on abortion in the U.S. Keep in mind: Biden is the second Catholic U.S. president. 

Saturday and Sunday in Rome: Biden will participate in the Group of 20 economic summit. 

Monday and Tuesday in Glasgow: Biden will attend the U.N. climate summit.


  1. “How much does Biden’s domestic agenda distract?”
  2. “Can Biden rally nations on climate change?”
  3. “Can Biden, Macron hit reset?” — Remember the recent kerfuffle over Australian submarines?
  4. “What do China’s, Russia’s absences mean?”
  5. “US ‘laser-focused’ on supply chains” 

Context for each from The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Laura Kelly:



Heading to Glas-GO




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Another round on the house! Actually, make it four!:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance, allowing for immunocompromised people to receive a fourth shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

When?: Six months after their third shot.  

What we know, from CBS’s Alexander Tin


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 45,715,410

U.S. death toll: 741,501 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 416 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 756,219 doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.

Breakdown of the numbers:


What the heck happened??:

The Associated Press’s Morgan Lee, Susan Montoya Bryan and Gene Johnson reconstructed the events that led to actor Alec Baldwin shooting live rounds on the set of the movie “Rust.” 

Excerpt: “The actor Alec Baldwin, haggard in a white beard and period garb as he played a wounded character named Harlan Rust, sat in a pew, working out how he would draw a long-barreled Colt .45 revolver across his body and aim it toward the movie camera.”

“Suddenly [cinematographer Halyna Hutchins] was complaining about her stomach, grabbing her midsection and stumbling backward, saying she couldn’t feel her legs. Souza saw that she was bloodied, and that he was bleeding too: The lead from Baldwin’s gun had pierced Hutchins and embedded in his shoulder.” 

The full story


I have tears in my eyes from laughing:

Well played, Sen. Romney.


Romney takes on Lasso


The most disappointing realization:


Cheese or Chess? 


It’s the little things that get us through the day:


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The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C., this morning. Biden is leaving for Italy.

The House’s timing today — and I quote: “???” Love a day like that. 

9 a.m. EDT: President Biden met with the House Democratic Caucus to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure plan and the social spending bill. 

11 a.m. EDT: Three confirmation votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today 

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden leave for Rome, Italy. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Two more confirmation votes plus two cloture votes in the Senate.  

8:10 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden land in Italy. 

Friday: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will meet with Pope Francis. Biden will also meet with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron tells UK to 'get serious' on migrant crisis amid fresh tensions Cities prep security plans for large holiday crowds Harris's communications director to depart next month MORE.


11:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the Build Back Better Agenda. Livestream 

2:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris hosts a meeting with mayors to discuss the infrastructure and social spending bills. Livestream


Today is National Chocolate Day!

And because you read this far, here’s a dog with some of the best running form I’ve ever seen: